Spotlight On The Photographer: #JustMeAndblu

A photo of Michel Comte wearing sunglasses talking on the phone whilst standing in a hallway

“Try not to follow anybody. Don’t try to be influenced by other people. And risk, risk, risk!”

– Michel Comte

Bold. Original. Inspiring.

Michel Comte’s visionary photography has graced the pages of the world’s most renowned publications — Vanity Fair, Vogue, Interview, GQ and many more during the course of his long career.

The celebrities whose portraits he has captured include Iggy Pop, Gary Oldman, Whitney Houston, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Lopez, Giselle, Pharrell Williams, Mohammed Ali, and Michael Schumacher. Many of today’s most creative and talented individuals. Each photograph insightful and intimate, true to the person in front of his lens.

This is Michel Comte’s calling card, and why he is the perfect partner for our #JustMeAndblu competition – his ability to steal a glance behind the curtain into the genuine depths of someone’s character. From delicate intimacy to unapologetic defiance, the emotions he captures are never planned or staged. They are a result of the natural rapport he creates with his subjects.

Michel’s fearlessness has also led him to war torn countries on photo assignments for the International Red Cross and his own Michel Comte Water Foundation. Between campaigns for the world’s most revered fashion brands and photo shoots with celebrities, he has used his war photography to raise awareness and aid hospitals in Africa and Afghanistan.

To see more of Michel’s beautiful work follow him on Twitter.

Five Vape Myths Debunked

A black and white image of a hand holding a blu e-cigarette with the glowing tip colored blue

E-cigs are still a relatively new technology, which means that people tend to be naturally skeptical of it – however, this has led to quite a few tall tales being told about e-cigs. We know, and you may too, that e-cigs also have positive attributes and it’s important to dispel some of the untruths which might discourage people from considering them. Here are just a few of the major e-cig myths that we feel the need to set the story straight on.

Myth 1: E-Cigarettes Explode

One of the most commonly repeated myths about e-cigarettes is that they are prone to explode, and can cause serious harm to users. While there have been incidents such as this, they have always been due to bootlegged products and amateur modifications made by users.

This has not happened with officially bought and rigorously tested e-cigarette products such as blu. The lithium ion batteries used in our products are very similar to those which are used in mobile phones, by millions of people around the world.

Myth 2: E-Cigarettes Taste Bad

Many smokers who hold out on making the switch to vaping do so because they are concerned that e-cigarettes will not provide them with the taste they need. Rest assured that our e-cigs certainly do not taste bad. You just need to find the flavor that suits your tastes, whether that is Tobacco, Menthol, or go for something a little less traditional such as Cherry or Berry Cobbler. Check out our range of flavors here.

Myth 3: Vaping Is A Gateway To Traditional Cigarettes

The sale of e-cigs is regulated, and it is illegal to sell to anyone under the age of 21. This means that the industry is actually based around encouraging those who already smoke traditional cigarettes to make the switch to vaping, not the other way round.

Myth 4: E-Liquid Contains Anti-Freeze

This is a common myth peddled by anti-vaping campaigners, but there is no real truth to it. Many modern e-liquid has something called propylene glycol as one of its main ingredients – this is a clear, non-corrosive liquid with very low toxicity.

It is true that this ingredient can also be found in anti-freeze, but that is because it will make it less harmful if swallowed. It is a common ingredient in many everyday foods too – it provides the soft texture to margarine, prevents ice crystals from ruining ice cream, and helps coffee beans absorb flavor during roasting.

Myth 5: Vaping looks weird

All things that are new can take time to bed into the culture, and become widely accepted by those who do not use them. That means that many will tell you that it looks weird, and will struggle to understand the shift to this new technology. Soon it will be the norm, so grab a stylish blu® e-cig and embrace the vaping revolution.